3 Steps To Scale Heaven

Learn to make scales fun. Explore your creativity. Develop your technique & control.


"What a great way to learn scales. Love it!"

- Mike Overend (UK)

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"You have taken what had been a chore for me, i.e. playing scales, and improved my understanding of why scales are important and just as importantly made them fun to play!"

- Alan Curtis (UK)

"This is another enjoyable aspect of your online studies courses. Well presented, easily understood. Thank you!"

- Mal Kellett (UK)


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In short, you will get better at playing your scales on the saxophone; you will get better at being creative on the saxophone and you will enjoy the process!

This mini course takes you through how to take a scale that you know, then develop it technically; improve your fluency & speed; improve your timing/groove.

You then get to practise playing it with accompaniment, which helps to improve your listening skills and your groove.

Finally, and very importantly, you will learn to use a scale as a creative tool. You will work through an easy to use, step by step method that will get you improvising and help you to become a more creative saxophonist.

This method has consistently worked with pupils of all standards and will transform your scales practise on the saxophone.

And to take you forwards, there are loads of resources within the course to help you with practising all

  • major scales
  • harmonic minor scales
  • jazz melodic minor scales

This means that you can take this method and make it a part of your regular practise routine.

"I finally feel like I'm back on track and progressing quickly. I would definitely recommend Matthew as a teacher"

- Jonathan Hancock (UK)


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"A lesson with Matthew goes beyond tuition and learning, it is an inspiration. I already feel transformed by his brilliant approach."

- Ed Norman (UK)


Here's how the course came about...

The younger me used to think of scales as an instrument of torture designed to suck the life out of any aspiring musician! I knew they give you great skill and fluency across your instrument, I just didn't get why it had to be painful! Well, it doesn't.

Over many years of teaching aspiring saxophonists, and through developing my own practice, I have come up with a way of working that is both fun and effective that will transform your scales practise on the saxophone.

Yes, it's true, to learn an instrument you need discipline and focus, but with the right approach you can enjoy the journey too!

Having developed this method I wanted to share it with you all. I hope you enjoy it.

Meet Your Tutor

Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith

Hi! I’m Matthew Smith, the owner of SAXOPHONE Studies, where sax players come to learn how to create incredible sounds.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with the sound the saxophone makes. From the first time I heard Coleman Hawkins 'growl', I just knew I had to enter this amazing world of sound.

I picked up a saxophone for the first time in 1992, started performing professionally in 1994, and have been teaching since 2000.

Since opening the doors to my online classroom, I’ve had the great pleasure of connecting with adults at all stages of their saxophone playing journey. Some already play, others are returning to their practise after a 20, 30, or 40+ year hiatus, while others are following an unexplainable desire to pick up the instrument for the very first time.

My goal is to break learning to play the saxophone down into simple, step-by-step lessons that develop your technique at the same time as building your confidence.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Will it be too advanced for me?
No. As long as you know how to play at least one scale you can use this method. The course is demonstrated using a concert pitch Bb major scale. That's G major for alto/baritone and C major for soprano/tenor.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.
Can I download the videos?
They are not available to download but can be streamed online on any device. You can download any accompanying PDFs & mp3s.

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